The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation has been the presenting sponsor of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix since 2014 and it that time the PVGP has experienced unprecedented growth in its event and fundraising.
The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association is excited to once again be the Presenting Sponsor for the eighth consecutive year again in 2021. According to Lisa McIntyre, the new CEO of the GPADA, “we wholly support the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix and their charitable mission. Our dealer members enjoy sharing the wheel with the Grand Prix and look forward to our continued partnership.”
The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Foundation is the independent, philanthropic arm of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association. It was formed to raise and distribute funds for the support of, and contributions to, charitable organizations. Funds are raised through sponsorship of the Pittsburgh International Auto Show’ “Dancing with the Cars” and other fund-raising events held throughout the year.
Dan DelBianco, Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Executive Director, said, “The GPADA has always been supportive of our event with its local dealers and manufacturers representing the single largest sponsor segment. The combination of GPADA and its Foundation, with our 100,000+ attendees and enthusiastic volunteers, makes this an ideal fit for each organization.”
GPADA is a metro dealer association representing over 200 franchised automobile and truck dealers and related industries in Western Pennsylvania. Dealer members are primarily engaged in the retail sales of new and used motor vehicles as well as automotive service, repair and parts sales. Associate Members include banks, finance companies, radio and television stations, newspapers, aftermarket services and other companies related to the automotive industry. GPADA, founded in 1924 as a non-profit organization, encourages and promotes trade and commerce by providing and supporting various services, educational and training programs.
February 14, 2020 – The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, along with presenting sponsor, the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association, presented a check to their charity partners last night. The $351,500 total was divided between the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and Merakey Allegheny Valley School. It represents the efforts of the PVGP in 2019 and the proceeds from last night’s Dancing with the Cars 2020 fundraiser – it is the party that opened the Pittsburgh International Auto Show.
The $351,500 donation brings the PVGP’s 37 year total to $5,864,000. The Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers have graciously steered the proceeds of their sponsorship toward the PVGP Charities. In their sixth year as the Presenting Sponsor, the Foundation has contributed an astounding $652,000.Many thanks also go out to the entire team of PVGP sponsors and volunteers.
“Only in Pittsburgh could you race cars through the streets and have sponsors like this involved and volunteers and charities … to raise money to benefit individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities,” said Dan DelBianco, executive director of the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix Association.